Crammed F1 calendar will be "very costly" - Vasseur

Alfa Romeo chief Fred Vasseur says Formula 1 bosses need to be mindful that cramming an intense run of races into the latter part of this year could lead to a difficult escalation in costs for smaller teams.

Crammed F1 calendar will be "very costly" - Vasseur

While F1 chiefs have done a lot to help reduce team expenditure, including delaying the 2021 rules revamp, Vasseur is mindful that a run of consecutive races later this year could make things hard for some outfits.

Reflecting on the challenges that lay ahead, he told Motorsport.com: "If you want to do more races in a row, it is more expensive.

"It is more expensive to do 18 races in six months than to do 18 races in 12 months, because you need to bring more stock, you need to bring more parts and you need to work with more mechanics. This will be very costly.

"And by the way, we will not be able to face this kind of situation and develop the new car. We don't have the team to be able to do it."

Read Also:

Vasseur says one way of helping ease any strain on teams would be to have two-day race weekends rather than the normal three days of action.

"I will be in favour of all the decisions that could help to have as many races as we can," he said.

"I'm sure that if we have three races in a row as we had [in 2018], at one stage it could make sense to have two day events.

"Also because of the workload to do between 15 and 18 races within six months, for sure it's a challenge.

"It's a challenge for all the teams. Probably more for the small teams because we don't have a big team to rotate the mechanics and so on. We have to find a solution to reduce their workload also.

"I think everybody is being flexible on this. Everybody understands the situation and the fact that it's crucial to find solutions."

Vasseur says that the move to delay the 2021 rules change was critical for giving smaller teams the chance to survive.

"I think honestly this was the best decision that we could take, that we postpone the 2021 regulations to 2022 and to stop the development of the '21 car for 2020," he explained.

"This is by far the best option on the table and it's the only way for us to be able to afford this kind of situation."

shares
comments
Renault furloughs "vast majority" of Enstone F1 staff

Previous article

Renault furloughs "vast majority" of Enstone F1 staff

Next article

The unique way you can wear Senna's 1993 Donington tyre

The unique way you can wear Senna's 1993 Donington tyre
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Teams Alfa Romeo
Author Jonathan Noble
Why McLaren doesn’t doubt Ricciardo can escape his ‘dark’ place Prime

Why McLaren doesn’t doubt Ricciardo can escape his ‘dark’ place

Three points finishes from as many starts represents a decent opening innings on paper, but Daniel Ricciardo has endured a tough start to his McLaren career - only magnified his teammate's excellent form. Yet both he and the team have good reason to expect a turnaround soon.

What needs to “change” for Red Bull is ending Verstappen’s errors Prime

What needs to “change” for Red Bull is ending Verstappen’s errors

OPINION: Going up against the dominant force of Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton was always going to demand the best from Red Bull and Max Verstappen. But after making a couple more errors during the Portuguese Grand Prix, the Dutch driver showed there's a small gap he still needs to close in the 2021 Formula 1 title fight.

The "subtle" Red Bull upgrades that kept it in the Portugal F1 mix Prime

The "subtle" Red Bull upgrades that kept it in the Portugal F1 mix

Red Bull's Portuguese Grand Prix fortunes were decidedly second best to Mercedes', but the result skews the potential that the team had at Portimao. With a new set of updates, the team looks good going forward into the rest of 2021's spicy F1 competition

Formula 1
May 3, 2021
Portuguese Grand Prix driver ratings Prime

Portuguese Grand Prix driver ratings

The 2021 Portuguese GP will for several drivers go down as a weekend of missed opportunities amid imperfect track conditions that caused struggles with tyre warm-up. But the performances of a select few stood out from the crowd

Formula 1
May 3, 2021
The five key tests Hamilton passed to claim Portugal victory Prime

The five key tests Hamilton passed to claim Portugal victory

Just as he did in 2020, Lewis Hamilton had to come from behind to win the 2021 Portuguese Grand Prix. Only this time there were two rivals he had to pass, among the several challenges he had to overcome, on his way to securing a 97th grand prix victory

Formula 1
May 3, 2021
The data that leaves both Red Bull, Mercedes uncertain of supremacy Prime

The data that leaves both Red Bull, Mercedes uncertain of supremacy

Lewis Hamilton topped the crucial FP2 session on Friday as F1 returned to Portugal, but his Mercedes team cannot be sure it has the edge on its Red Bull rivals. As cool temperatures and wind combine with the still-slippery surface to present drivers with quandaries over set-up and tyre warmup, there's still everything to play for come qualifying.

Formula 1
May 1, 2021
How in-form Norris is staking his claim as Britain's next F1 champion Prime

How in-form Norris is staking his claim as Britain's next F1 champion

As a highly-rated Mercedes junior, George Russell is naturally billed as Lewis Hamilton's heir apparent where Britain's next Formula 1 champion is concerned. But he may face competition for that accolade from Lando Norris, fresh from a confidence-boosting run to third at Imola whose rise is being accelerated by his McLaren team’s revival

Formula 1
Apr 29, 2021
The biggest headache F1 faces over its sprint race experiments Prime

The biggest headache F1 faces over its sprint race experiments

The news this week that F1 has green-lit 'sprint qualifying' races that will determine the grid for three grands prix in 2021 was met with a blend of excitement and scepticism. But before those in both camps can be vilified, F1 must first work out what its criteria is for success - and what will justify making them a more permanent fixture

Formula 1
Apr 28, 2021